10 months agoDONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diaz

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: Real Madrid complete deal for Man City whizkid Diazby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrahim Diaz has joined Real Madrid from Manchester City to Real Madrid, in a deal worth £15.5m, and could rise to £22m with add-ons.Real confirmed the signing on Monday, several hours after Diaz had completed a medical.”I have arrived at a club that I dreamed of playing for as a child,” an emotional Diaz said. “I could not have received a better Christmas present than wearing the Real Madrid jersey.”When I decided that it was time to leave Manchester City, I only put three options on the table.”The first, to play for Real Madrid; the second, to play for Real Madrid; the third, to play for Real Madrid.”I never wanted to go anywhere else, it is impossible to go to a better club. I promise to give 100 per cent from the first day and to pay back the faith you have put in me.”The 19-year-old signing a six-and-a-half-year deal, which includes a clause that Manchester City will receive 15 per cent of any future transfer fee, which will rise to 40 per cent if the buying club is Manchester United. last_img read more

a month agoChelsea boss Frank Lampard: I’ll be proud to lead out this team

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: I’ll be proud to lead out this teamby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says he’ll be “proud” leading them in the Champions League against Valencia.Lampard is looking forward to his first Champions League game as a manager.”I will be proud to do it,” he says of the prospect of managing in the competition for the first time later today, “because I had multiple incredible nights in the Champions League, and some bad ones, and it is the ultimate in club football for me.”There is something about nights at Stamford Bridge, something about the Champions League music. There are memories I have and we have here as Chelsea people and I want to experience it on this [the managerial] side of the fence.”So I will be proud to take the team out, very aware that what matters is results, what matters is starting the group well against tough opposition but yes, I am excited.” last_img read more

19 days agoMan City boss Guardiola: I can’t risk gambling with kids

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: I can’t risk gambling with kidsby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he can’t risk gambling with his kids.Guardiola has delivered back-to-back Premier League titles, successive Carabao Cups and the FA Cup to the Etihad over the last two seasons.But success has come at a price – with City splashing more than £535million in the transfer market during the Catalan’s reign to strengthen a squad that already included the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Fernandino.“We have to compete every single day to fight with the best teams in England and Europe,” said the City boss.“And for that we need the David Silvas and Kevin de Bruynes and the Sergio Agueros and Fernandinhos.“We need all these type of players because with young, young, young players you cannot do it.“The young players can be help for the other ones, of course, but if the basis of the team is young then it is just not possible.“This team needs to win titles and prizes – and the process for the young players means they need time.“The best way for them is step by step.“The demand from the club is not to win the Champions League, but we must be there every time in all the competitions.“And, for that, we need the players we have. What can I say?” last_img read more

7 days agoTakefusa Kubo: Why I chose Real Madrid over PSG, Barcelona

first_imgTakefusa Kubo: Why I chose Real Madrid over PSG, Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTakefusa Kubo says he’s happy with his choice of joining Real Madrid.The Japan international is currently on-loan with Real Mallorca.He told Marca: “Why did I choose Real Madrid when Barça and PSG followed me? “I really liked Real Madrid’s sporting intentions, the plan they had for me for the next few years, what they thought for me in the future. “Real Madrid demanded me with a lot of insistence. That convinced me.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Video: Check Out Highlights From Ohio State’s Final Summer Camp Scrimmage

first_imgAustin Mack makes catch during Ohio State summer scrimmage.YouTube/Ohio State FootballOhio State football hosted its final team scrimmage of summer camp on Saturday.The team put out highlights from the scrimmage via YouTube, featuring the Buckeyes getting after it to the 2016 song “Feel Invincible” by Skillet, which features Ohio State fan Seth Morrison on lead guitar, according to the video description on YouTube.Tight end Jake Hausman makes a nice one-handed grab along the sideline, Rashod Berry shows his speed coming off the edge, and offensive lineman Jack Wohlabaugh has a huge pancake block during the highlights. The reel also features a nice red zone grab against tight coverage by wide receiver Austin Mack for a touchdown.Now, the Buckeyes move on to game week. Ohio State opens the 2016 season at home against defending MAC Champion Bowling Green on September 3. The game is set to kick off at noon on Saturday, September 3 from Ohio Stadium, and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network.[Eleven Warriors]last_img read more

Sanchez: Qatar not at Copa for selfies with Messi

first_imgFelix Sanchez says Qatar are not at the Copa America to take selfies with Lionel Messi as the tournament guests look to stun Argentina and qualify for the quarter-finals.Qatar and Argentina – Copa runners-up in 2015 and 2016 – will meet in Porto Alegre on Sunday, with a quarter-final berth on the line.Asian Cup champions and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar have one point from two games and are ahead of Argentina on goal difference in Group B, with third spot potentially enough to progress to the knockout phase. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The pressure is on Messi and Argentina to avoid a group-stage exit and Qatar head coach Sanchez insisted his side will not be overawed by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.”It’s true we are not very well known in South America, but we have super-professional players and we’ve come to compete, not to take photos with Messi,” Sanchez told reporters.”They’re the favourites and are obliged to win. We’ll try to compete against a great team who have the best player in the world.”We have a chance to qualify and that’s what’s exciting, not the fact we could knock out a monster like Argentina.”Messi scored in Argentina’s 1-1 draw with Paraguay following a 2-0 loss to Colombia to open their Copa America campaign.Qatar, meanwhile, overturned a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 against Paraguay before suffering a late 1-0 loss to Colombia on matchday two.Sanchez added: “Messi can be decisive in any game due to his quality, hundreds of coaches have spent ages trying to stop him but there’s no magic formula, it all depends on Leo’s feet.”However much you focus on it it’s very difficult to stop him, but we’ll try to prevent him from getting involved in the play in the final third of the pitch.”Qatar are one of two teams from the Asian Football Confederation invited to compete in the Copa America this year, with Japan needing a result against Ecuador on Monday to be left with any chance of making the knock-out stages.last_img read more

Juventus want to move Higuain on

first_imgGonzalo Higuain is a favoured option of new Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri, but the Bianconeri are still eager to move him out of the club this summer.A striker who once boasted a fearsome reputation in Serie A has attracted little interest from those in the Italian top flight and Juve have no suitable offers on the table at present.Higuain is under contract at Juve through to 2021 and a switch to China has been mooted, but the Argentine is reluctant to head for Asia at this stage of his career. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He is only 31 years of age and believes he still has plenty to offer in Europe, although he has not been proving that in the final third of late.A loan switch to AC Milan at the start of the 2018-19 campaign delivered only eight goals in 22 appearances.Sarri then took him to Chelsea in January, but he managed only another five strikes in 18 outings.Gonzalo Higuain Chelsea 2018-19He has done little to convince those back in Turin that he is deserving of a second chance.Serie A champions Juventus would prefer to bring in another frontman, with Higuain’s fellow countryman, Mauro Icardi of Inter, a favoured option.An exit will be required in order to free up space for any arrivals, but Higuain’s current deal, which is worth €7.5 million per season, is presenting a stumbling block in efforts to find a buyer.Juve’s sporting director Fabio Paratici is the man charged with the task of making future calls and, unless forced into a corner, he would like to get Higuain out of the Allianz Stadium.There is acknowledgement that the South American has flourished under Sarri before, particularly at Napoli.The pair enjoyed a productive partnership in Naples, while the new Bianconeri boss rated Higuain highly enough to take him to Stamford Bridge when in need of more firepower.Juve are, however, concerned that an experienced forward has become a fading force.In an ideal world, a clean slate will be presented to both the Italian title holders and Higuain before the next deadline passes, but there is much work to be done before reaching that point.last_img read more

‘I don’t understand what Messi did to get sent off’

first_imgArgentina coach Lionel Scaloni has admitted he is baffled by the decision to send off Lionel Messi during the Copa America third place play-off and questioned the use of VAR in two key games for his side. Messi lasted just 36 minutes of Saturday’s clash against Chile before he saw red along with Gary Medel when the pair clashed on the field . Medel showed more aggression during the stand-off, striking the Barcelona star with his head and shoulders while Messi stayed motionless – but despite Argentina’s protest referee Mario Diaz de Vivar had no hesitation in expelling both of the players.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Argentina went on to win 2-1, scoring through Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala before Arturo Vidal cut the deficit with a penalty after the red card incident. But Messi refused to return to the Arena Corinthians pitch after full time to receive his medal for third place, and in heated comments to reporters hit out against alleged “corruption” and claimed the Copa is “all set up for Brazil” . And while Scaloni did not go quite as far as his captain, he nevertheless had some harsh words for the standard of refereeing on Saturday and in the Albiceleste’s semi-final defeat to hosts Brazil. “I still don’t understand what it is Messi did to get sent off,” he fired in a press conference. “I feel that we should be playing the final right now, but we got the consolation prize of winning the third-place game, which is the least we had to do. “We believe that when one of us is hit we all are, in a football sense. You cannot look away when a team-mate is mistreated. “We saw it with Leo and with others too. We built a team through our unity.” Scaloni also turned his attention on VAR, after suggesting before the match Argentina played “against eight men in black” in reference to the officials during the Brazil match. “The sensation from the game today is even stranger than the other day. I still don’t get the criteria for VAR in this Copa,” he added. “Either the criteria is wrong, or [the referees] cannot agree on anything. I think that they still are unsure about the VAR system.”last_img read more

New Urban Meyer Tweet Is Going Viral Before His Final Game

first_imgUrban Meyer leading the Ohio State football team out of the tunnel.NEW ORLEANS, LA – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on prior to the All State Sugar Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A new tweet from Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer is going viral on social media before his final game with the Buckeyes.Meyer, one of the best coaches in college football history, will be calling it a career following Ohio State’s Rose Bowl game against Washington this afternoon.Ohio State’s fan base sent Meyer out with quite a pregame pep rally on Monday evening.Meyer spoke in front of a massive Ohio State crowd in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve, addressing Buckeye Nation one final time.The Ohio State head coach took to Twitter following his rally.“Thank you Buckeye Nation!!!” he tweeted.Thank you Buckeye Nation!!! pic.twitter.com/XznXRjHnSp— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) January 1, 2019Meyer is expected to remain at Ohio State following his retirement as head football coach. The three-time national champion will be an assistant athletic director, working closely with the football program, and he’ll be teaching a class in the business school as well.Ohio State and Washington, meanwhile, are set to kick off at 5 p.m. E.T.The game will be televised on ESPN.last_img read more

A Major CFB Program Just Followed Jalen Hurts On Twitter

first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 22: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after their 33-14 win over the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The college football transfer market has become flush with talent over the past few days – specifically at the quarterback position. Arguably the top quarterback in the transfer portal is Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts – who officially put his name in the portal earlier this week.Now, Hurts placing his name in the portal doesn’t guarantee he’s transferring from the program, but it is likely. This has been the expected move since Tua Tagovailoa took over as the starting quarterback.Earlier this week, he followed one head coach on Twitter: Miami’s Manny Diaz.Now, a top program has followed him. Washington State football’s official Twitter account followed Hurts on Thursday night.? pic.twitter.com/gckzCvcYOE— Bleacher Report CFB (@BR_CFB) January 11, 2019Mike Leach and company “stole” Gardner Minshew from Alabama before the 2018 college football season and he was a Heisman Trophy finalist. Hurts doesn’t exactly fit the mold of an air raid quarterback, but Leach tends to play to the strengths of his quarterbacks.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Nick Saban Announces He’s Dealing With An Injury

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban.FAYETTEVILLE, AR – OCTOBER 6: Head Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide jogs off the field before a game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Razorback Stadium on October 6, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabamai. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)Alabama head coach Nick Saban could be sidelined for a couple of weeks this spring/summer with an injury.Saban, 67, announced after the Crimson Tide’s “A-Day” spring game that he’s been bothered by a hip injury.Worry not, though, Alabama fans. Saban says the injury should only keep him out for a month or so. He wants to get this addressed now because he wants to keep coaching for several more years.“It’s been a little bothersome. I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach one more year, I want to coach a lot more years,” Saban told reporters.Saban announces that he will have his sore hip evaluated. “It’s been a little bothersome. I want to get it fixed because I don’t want to coach one more year, I want to coach a lot more years.”— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) April 13, 2019Saban has been Alabama’s head coach since 2007. He’s been the best coach in college football ever since, leading the program to five national championships.Alabama will look to win another one this year.The Crimson Tide are coming off a tough national title game loss to Clemson, though Saban’s team should be contending again in 2019.Alabama is losing some talent to the NFL, but brings back star quarterback Tua Tagovailoa along with plenty of other key contributors.Saban and Co. open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 against Duke.last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Addresses Idea Of Will Muschamp Being On The Hot Seat

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The college football season is months away, but it appears there is one coach that could be on the hot seat. After spending three years rebuilding South Carolina’s football program, it’s time for Will Muschamp to take the next step.South Carolina had a 7-6 record this past season, which ended in a blowout loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. Unfortunately, the road to success only gets tougher for the Gamecocks.ESPN ranked South Carolina’s schedule as the hardest in college football for 2019. Its schedule features games against Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Clemson.Despite the Gamecocks’ brutal schedule for this season, ESPN broadcaster Paul Finebaum believes the pressure should be on for Muschamp to improve their record.Finebaum spoke about Muschamp potentially being on the hot seat during his appearance on Birmingham’s WJOX 94.5 FM radio.From 247Sports:“The seat probably should be (hot), but I’m not sure it is,” Finebaum said. “I say this only because I’ve talked to the president of South Carolina and the athletic director recently and they have put up this stiff upper lip about Will Muschamp. I think it would take an absolute disaster of a season to unload him because they’re now blaming Spurrier for everything that has gone wrong in Will Muschamp’s tenure. Ray Tanner the other day said, ‘we all love coach Spurrier, but he didn’t leave the program in great shape from a recruiting standpoint.’Luckily for Muschamp, it sounds like the program will be patient enough to give him more than four seasons to produce.last_img read more

Big Ten Network Releases Its Preseason Power Rankings

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Paul Chryst shaking hands after a Michigan vs. Wisconsin game.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh and Wisconsin Badgers head football coach Paul Chryst shake hands prior to the start of the game at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season kicked off last weekend with a “Week 0” contest between in-state rivals Florida and Miami.The Gators took down the Hurricanes in a comeback win, giving college football fans everywhere a great appetizer for the action to come this weekend.Week 1 kicks off this week with handful of games on Thursday night and continues throughout the weekend on Sunday night.The Big Ten gets its season started Thursday night as Minnesota faces off against South Dakota State. As for the rest of the conference, every other program plays on Friday or Saturday.College football analyst and former head coach Dave Wannstedt revealed his power rankings for the conference this week. He likes Michigan in the Big Ten East and Iowa in the Big Ten West.Here’s his picks.EAST 1. Michigan 2. Ohio State 3. Michigan State 4. Penn State 5. Indiana 6. Maryland 7. RutgersWEST 1. Iowa 2. Wisconsin 3. Northwestern 4. Nebraska 5. Purdue 6. Minnesota 7. IllinoisMichigan over Ohio State is a popular pick with Urban Meyer no longer on the sidelines for the Buckeyes.Meanwhile in the West, there appears to be an opening for one of Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern or Wisconsin to step up. Wannstedt is going with the Hawkeyes to fill the void.Will Iowa take on Michigan in the Big Ten title game? Stay tuned.last_img read more

HC grants anticipatory bail to teacher after 5-year-old child drowns in pool

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataMarch 7, 2019UPDATED: March 7, 2019 17:57 IST The boy was a student of Asha School, run by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) under the aegis of the Army’s Eastern Command. (Photo: PTI)The Calcutta High Court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to the class teacher of a 5-year-old student with special needs, who drowned in the hydrotherapy pool of his school, in connection with a complaint of negligence by his father.A division bench comprising Justices Jaymalya Bagchi and M Mandal observed that the act of the petitioner cannot be the sole reason for the unfortunate death of the child, and granted pre-arrest bail to Kakoli Chowdhury on a bail bond of two sureties of Rs 10,000 each.The bench directed her to assist the investigation and appear before the court to take regular bail.It observed that it was to be decided at an appropriate stage whether collective acts of negligence contributed to the death of the child.The boy drowned after he fell in the hydrotherapy pool of his school after the Sports Day event on February 20.Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water – hot, cold, steam, or ice – to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.The boy was a student of Asha School, run by the Army Wives Welfare Association (AWWA) under the aegis of the Army’s Eastern Command.The school, located inside the Command Hospital here, provides education, care and rehabilitation to differently abled children of defence personnel and civilians.The father of the boy, a civilian, filed a complaint with the police against the school authorities alleging negligence, naming the class teacher, principal, vice-principal and staff of the institution.Opposing the anticipatory bail prayer of Chowdhury, the public prosecutor claimed that it was a case of gross negligence on her part that caused the boy to drown since the father had handed over the child to her custody at the school on that day.advertisementChowdhury’s lawyer Asish Bhattacharya said the class teacher conducted herself in a responsible manner.He said Chowdhury had been called by the vice principal for some official work, following which she had handed over the child to an attendant.The attendant had reportedly gone to the toilet when the incident occurred, it was submitted.The lawyer of the child’s father submitted that the door to the pool room was kept open by a sweeper and that it was filled with water though it was not supposed to be so.Hearing all the parties, the bench said it completely empathised with the father, but it cannot be said that one particular person was responsible for the incident.The Army has said that it has constituted a Fact Finding Board to look into the death of the boy.The Board would give its recommendations about putting in place effective measures to obviate recurrence of such incidents.Also Read | Student drowns while trying to complete college projectAlso Watch | 2 college students drown in sea while taking bath in PuriFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShifa Naseer Tags :Follow BailFollow drownedFollow Teacher HC grants anticipatory bail to teacher after 5-year-old child drowns in poolA division bench comprising Justices Jaymalya Bagchi and M Mandal observed that the act of the petitioner cannot be the sole reason for the unfortunate death of the child, and granted pre-arrest bail to Kakoli Chowdhury on a bail bond of two sureties of Rs 10,000 each.advertisementlast_img read more

For Virat Kohli, 2010 game vs Mumbai Indians was his best for Royal Challengers Bangalore

first_imgFor Virat Kohli, 2010 game vs Mumbai Indians was his best for Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli recalled the Champions League T20 match against Mumbai Indians in 2010 as his most memorable in a Royal Challengers Bangalore shirt.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 15, 2019UPDATED: March 15, 2019 19:51 IST Virat Kohli said that match gave him a lot of confidence and called it his #GameBanayegaName moment (BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said the innings in Durban 2010 is one of the high points of his careerKohli scored 49 runs vs Mumbai Indians, but Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the match”Everyone who watched that game, appreciated me,” Kohli said was his #GameBanayegaName momentIndia skipper Virat Kohli has picked out the Champions League T20 game in 2010 against Mumbai Indians in Durban as his most memorable match for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).”I clearly remember the Champions League T20 Game in 2010 against Mumbai Indians in Durban, where I scored 49 runs, but we lost the game in the last delivery. I consider it as one of my most memorable innings wearing the RCB jersey,” Kohli was quoted as saying in a statement on Friday.”When everyone had given up, I stayed till the end and almost won us the game. This gave me a lot of confidence, and everyone who watched that game, appreciated me,” he added.Pointing out that the then Mumbai team contained a host of stalwarts including Zaheer Khan, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, the RCB skipper asserted that the innings is one of the high points of his distinguished career.”That was my #GameBanayegaName moment,the innings that gave me extensive recognition. Mumbai Indians team consisted of Zaheer Khan who bowled that last over along with Sachin Paaji and Bajju pa; and they all saw the game and noticed what I could potentially do, and for me that was a big moment,” Kohli said.Also Read | World Cup comes every 4 years, we play IPL every year: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Mumbai IndiansFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Indian Premier Leaguelast_img read more

IPL 2019: Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RR

first_imgIPL 2019: Williamson hopeful of SRH’s playoff chances despite crushing defeat to RRSunrisers Hyderabad remained on the fourth spot of IPL 2019 points table despite their 7-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Having sealed 10 points from 11 matches, Kane Williamson’s men need to win at least two of their last three matches to stay in contention for a playoffs berthadvertisement Akshay Ramesh JaipurApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 09:24 IST IPL 2019: Sunrisers need to win at least two of their last three matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSSunrisers Hyderabad were handed a 7-wicket thrashing by Rajasthan Royals on SaturdaySRH remain on the 4th spot of IPL 2019 points table with 10 points from 11 gamesSunrisers next face Kings XI Punjab at home on MondaySunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson called for improvement after Saturday’s crushing defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 meeting in Jaipur. RR vs SRH – Report | HighlightsHowever, Williamson said he is hopeful Sunrisers would come up with better performances in their last three league matches of IPL 2019 and make a strong bid to reach the playoffs.Sunrisers Hyderabad suffered their second straight defeat on Saturday but have managed to retain the fourth spot on the IPL 2019 points table. With 10 points from 11 matches, Sunrisers need to win at least two of their next three matches to stand a chance of making the playoffs.Sunrisers are tied on 10 points with Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals but have a better Net Run Rate than their nearest rivals.”The last three games are going to be big names naturally for us to qualify. Look we go into every game to win it. It’s nice to back home. We also appreciate the fact that every game is a tough game. Everybody has been beaten at some point in time,” Williamson told the media in Jaipur after SRH’s 7-wicket defeat.He added: “For us, it’s about focussing on our game. Today’s performance was certainly not our best. But we do need to build on it and be better in our next one.”Sunrisers have three more matches to play in IPL 2019. Williamson’s men will host Kings XI Punjab on Monday before playing Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on the road next week.advertisementWeren’t able to build momentum: WilliamsonOn Saturday, Sunrisers suffered a middle-order collapse after a solid start given to the team by David Warner (37 off 32) and Manish Pandey (61 off 36). Vijay Shankar, Shakib Al Hasan, Deepak Hooda and Wriddhiman Saha all failed to get into double figures as Sunrisers went from 103 for 1 in 12 overs to 160 for 8 in 20 overs.In reply, Rajasthan Royals got off to a good start, thanks to some big-hitting display from Liam Livingston who was ably supported by Ajinkya Rahane. Sanju Samson remained unbeaten on 48 (32 balls) as the Royals went past the finish line with five balls and seven wickets to spare.Conceding that Sunrisers weren’t able to stitch partnerships on a sluggish wicket, Williamson added: “In some ways, there were able to do to us what we weren’t able to do to them, which is just to be able to pick up wickets and get new batters in. It wasn’t easy for a new batsman to start on this wicket. Unfortunately for us, we did lose wickets and weren’t able to build any momentum. Something we would want to look on certainly going into the last three matches.”The last three games are going to be big names naturally for us to qualify. Look we go into every game to win it. It’s nice to get back home. We also appreciate the fact that every game is a tough game. Everybody has been beaten at some point of time. For us, it’s about focussing on our game. Today’s performance was certainly not our best. But we do need to build on it and be better in our next one.In some ways, there were able to do to us what we weren’t able to do to them, which is just to be able to pick up wickets and get new batters in. It wasn’t easy for a new batsman to start on this wicket. Unfortunately for us, we did lose wickets and weren’t able to build any momentum. Something we would want to look on certainly going into the last three matches.Also Read | Need to continue winning, says Steve Smith on playoff chances after beating SRHAlso Read | David Warner hits 600 runs in 3rd successive IPL seasonAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow Sunrisers HyderabadFollow Rajasthan RoyalsFollow Manish PandeyFollow David WarnerFollow IPL 2019last_img read more

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge banned and fined for breaching betting rules

first_imgFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge banned and fined for breaching betting rulesDaniel Sturridge had been charged with 11 alleged breaches of its betting rules, nine of which were dismissed by an independent regulatory commission.advertisement Reuters LondonJuly 18, 2019UPDATED: July 18, 2019 19:24 IST Reuters PhotoHIGHLIGHTSSturridge has been handed a 6-week ban, 4 of which are suspendedSturridge was accused of passing on inside information about his potential transfer movesI am pleased that 9 of the 11 charges were dismissed: SturridgeFormer Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has been fined 75,000 pounds ($93,690) and banned for six weeks, four of which are suspended, for breaching betting regulations, the Football Association said on Thursday.The FA said the 29-year-old had been charged with 11 alleged breaches of its betting rules, nine of which were dismissed by an independent regulatory commission.Sturridge, who was released by Liverpool after his contract expired last month, can resume playing from July 31, but the FA added that it disagreed with the commission’s findings and would appeal the decision to dismiss most of the charges against him.”I am pleased that 9 of the 11 charges were dismissed and that the panel found me to be an honest and credible witness, and that my actions on one particularly difficult day were out of character,” Sturridge said in a statement.”The case was heard over 7 days by a distinguished panel, which resulted in a lengthy and carefully considered decision, and followed an extensive investigation by The FA. It is therefore extremely disappointing to hear that the FA will be appealing this decision.”Sturridge was accused of passing on inside information about his potential transfer moves away from Liverpool in January 2018 to close friends and relatives that was then used for, or in relation to, betting.The commission found Sturridge guilty of two of the charges, which alleged he had instructed his brother, Leon, to bet on a possible move by him to La Liga side Sevilla.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Daniel SturridgeFollow LiverpoolFollow Football Association Nextlast_img read more

Hima Das nearing her best, says High Performance Director Volker Herrmann

first_imgHima Das nearing her best, says High Performance Director Volker HerrmannHima is progressing in the right direction. If you want to run sub 50 seconds (in 400m) you also have to be able to run sub 22.80 in 200m. She is getting closer, said Hermann.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 15:46 IST India’s Hima Das after claiming a silver medal in the women’s 400 metres race (IANS)HIGHLIGHTSHigh Performance Director Volker Herrmann said 25 to 30 Indian athletes can qualify for Tokyo Olympics 2020The 19-year-old Hima has won five races — four in 200m and one in her pet 400m eventHima is yet to qualify in either 200m or 400m for the World ChampionshipsIndian athletics’ High Performance Director Volker Herrmann feels star sprinter Hima Das is nearing her best, having won five successive gold medals in three weeks in Europe.The 19-year-old Hima has won five races — four in 200m and one in her pet 400m event — in Poland and Czech Republic since July 2. She has been improving on her timing even though the field in all the five races was mediocre.”Hima is progressing in the right direction. If you want to run sub 50 seconds (in 400m) you also have to be able to run sub 22.80 in 200m. She is getting closer,” Hermann said, explaining why she began with 200m races before switching to 400m in her last race on July 20 when she clocked a season best time of 52.09.Hima is yet to qualify in either 200m or 400m for the World Championships, to be held in Doha from September 26 to October 6. The World Championships qualifying mark stands at 23.02 and 51.80.Her male counterpart Muhammed Anas has qualified for the World Championships after bettering his own 400m national record last week.”We also have Muhammed Anas breaking his own record and that is quite promising,” said the 38-year-old Hermann who took charge on July 1.The highly qualified German, who has worked in similar capacity in his native country and Singapore, said athletes around the world have been making changes in their training due to the World Championships happening late in the season, and the Indians are also adjusting accordingly.”All around the world, the athletes are facing the same problem. The coaches have to rush the whole preparation model. The athletes will need to peak twice, the first (peak) right now and second by the end of September.advertisement”We are preparing a series of competition to raise our performance level and then we will continue on a slightly higher level with higher intensity towards World Championships,” he added.He said 25 to 30 Indian athletes can qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.”In men’s and women’s 400m relay, the eight finalists at World Championships will directly qualify for Tokyo and in certain ways, that is the easiest for us to qualify. Mixed 400m relay is another one we can qualify. Then, we are in a good situation in javelin throw and 400m.”Tokyo is exactly one year from now. We will work on the strengths and weaknesses of our athletes to do our best. But we need to look forward to 2024 and 2028 Olympics.”Hermann said his plan is to make three different strategies for the three upcoming Olympics.”First for Tokyo, we will work with the current athletes in high performance team. Secondly for 2024, besides the current athletes we have to find talented ones at youth and junior levels who have potential to be at top level in five years from now. They can be 15, 16 and 17 years of age,” he said.”For 2028 Olympics, we have to work with 10, 11 or 12 years old children. To be honest, these are athletes with which we can initiate change in Indian athletics. We need to work at state and district level, give proper foundation to these kids, more towards core training and technical model.”India should develop its own philosophy and not copy from say USA or another country to face specific challenges it has. The working of officials should be streamlined and coaching methods should be same throughout the country.”He said that training of high performance athletes should focus more on increasing intensive quality sessions rather than on volume, and provide enough recovery time.”The modern method of training is to increase number of intensive sessions and achieve high quality. You cannot have high volume and high intensity. But you have to have enough recovery time. Otherwise, you will have injury and mental fatigue.”The ideal training is to ensure 100 per cent in few events like World Championships or Olympics. It is important to give one time 90m throw (in javelin) instead of five time 85m.”Unlike other sports, it is not enough to give 96 or 97 per cent in a top event, you have to be 100 per cent. The three or four per cent make all the difference.”On India’s high performance pool of athletes, Hermann said, “130 or 140 elite athletes in national camps currently is too small a percentage of total population. In USA, there were 200 thousand athletes competing in NCAA.”But I am optimistic of Indian athletics making strides in coming years. The government and the AFI are working hard and other stakeholders are also interested in taking athletics forward. We need involvement of state and district officials in a big way for grassroot development. We need step-by-step approach to take Indian athletics to next level.advertisementAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors trump UP Yoddha, Dabang Delhi pip Telugu Titans

first_img Press Trust of India Indo-Asian News Service HyderabadJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 24, 2019 23:50 IST Bengal Warriors notched a dominating win over UP Yoddha in Hyderabad (Twitter: @prokabaddi)HIGHLIGHTSBengal Warriors started their campaign on a confident note with a victory vs UP YoddhaManinder Singh and Mohammed Nabibaksh were especially impressive for BengalWarriors will begin their home leg on September 7 whereas UP Yoddha on October 5Bengal Warriors trounced UP Yoddha 48-17 to record their biggest victory in the Pro Kabaddi League, starting their campaign on a confident note, here on Wednesday.The raiding duo of Maninder Singh (9 points) and Mohammed Nabibaksh (10 points) troubled the Yodha defence all night and chipped in with crucial contributions.Baldev Singh put on a solid display of brute strength and toughness and scored 7 tackle points. The UP Yoddha defence had an off night and could muster just five tackle points. Monu Goyat scored six points but didn’t get enough support.UP Yoddha made a strong start and led 4-0 after the first three minutes. But Warriors came back strong as Maninder first made a two-point raid and their defence got their act together. In the first 10 minutes, it was an evenly matched contest as both teams were level 6-6.The Warriors soon shifted gears and went on a scoring spree. They first inflicted an all-out in the 13th minute to lead 13-7 and their defence kept picking points at regular intervals.Both the defence and raiders of UP Yoddha had a quiet first half as they scored just three and four points respectively. At the end of the first half, Bengal Warriors led 17-9.Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 22-10. Monu Goyat picked up a raid point in the 23rd minute as UP Yoddha trailed 11-25. Nabibaksh produced an excellent super raid in the 24th minute to give Warriors a commanding 18-point lead as they led 30-12.The Warriors inflicted another all out to lead 33-13 after 25 minutes. UP Yoddha were looking bereft of ideas to counter the strength and toughness that Warriors posed.advertisementBengal Warriors inflicted fourth all out of the match in the 37th minute to assert further dominance and opened up a 28-point lead. With less than a minute to go, Mohammed Nabibaksh achieved a super 10 to lead his team to victory.Warriors will begin their home leg in Kolkata on September 7 whereas UP Yoddha start their home leg on October 5 in Greater Noida.Delhi win ThrillerIn an edge of the seat clash, Dabang Delhi pipped Telugu Titans 34-33 in their campaign opener of the Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) here on Wednesday.Raider Naveen Kumar was the chief architect of Delhi’s win as he accumulated 14 raid points.On the other hand, debutant Suraj Desai, the elder brother of Siddharth Desai, scored 18 raid points for Telugu Titans. Siddharth scored eight raid points for the Titans.Suraj was quick off the blocks for the Titans as he made a two-point raid in the first minute of the match. Meraj Sheykh opened Delhi’s account with a raid in the second minute.It was a closely-fought affair between the two teams as they were level at 4-4 after the first five minutes.Siddharth was sent to the bench in the sixth minute after a strong tackle by Ravinder. Suraj made another two-point raid in the seventh minute to level the match at 6-6.Siddharth scored two quick raid points to give Telugu Titans 9-7 lead in the 11th minute. In the 16th minute, Titans forced a super tackle to level the match at 11-11 after their opponents had taken a slender lead.At the end of the first half, Delhi led 13-12.The hosts began the second half with a bang as they forced a super tackle in the 21st minute. Siddharth made a two-point raid in the 23rd minute as Titans led 17-15. Suraj followed it up a two-point raid of his own in the next minute.Navin achieved a super 10 in the 25th minute as Delhi trailed 18-20. Delhi inflicted the first all out the match in the 26th minute to level the match at 21-21.Suraj produced a terrific super raid in the 31st minute to give Titans 28-26 lead. Delhi reacted strongly and in the next couple of minutes scored six straight points to lead 32-26.Titans led by Suraj came back and scored four points to trail 30-32 in the 36th minute.It was anyone’s match in the last three minutes but Delhi kept their nerve to emerge victorious.Also Read | Jaipur Pink Panthers, Haryana Steelers register their first wins of PKL 2019Also Read | Pro Kabaddi 2019: Tamil Thalaivas beat Telugu Titans, Gujarat Fortunegiants crush Bengaluru BullsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Pro Kabaddi 2019Follow UP YoddhaFollow Bengal Warriors Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors trump UP Yoddha, Dabang Delhi pip Telugu TitansAn all-round show guided Bengal Warriors to a massive 48-17 win over UP Yoddha in a Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) contest here on Wednesday. It was also Bengal’s biggest win in the history of the league.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Women’s Ashes: Sarah Taylor withdraws from England T20I squad

first_imgWomen’s Ashes: Sarah Taylor withdraws from England T20I squadSarah Taylor was part of both ODI and Test squad of the ongoing Ashes in the UK. Australia with eight points retained the Ashes after the one-off Test was drawn.advertisement Asian News International July 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 21:58 IST Sarah Taylor played in two of the ODIs and the Test match against Australia. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSarah Taylor withdrew herself from the T20 International series of the Women’s AshesMiddle-order batter Fran Wilson will replace Taylor in the squad, ECB announcedTaylor was part of both ODI and Test squad of the ongoing Ashes in the UKEngland wicket-keeper batter Sarah Taylor on Friday withdrew herself from the T20 International series of the Women’s Ashes due to the ongoing management of her anxiety issues.Taylor with the help of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) staff has been working to manage her mental health over the last three years. She had taken a break from cricket in 2016 before making a comeback for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.The wicket-keeper batter, however, missed the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the Caribbean to again manage her anxiety issues. Taylor returned in the squad during England tour of India but only for the ODI series. She again made a comeback in the team for West Indies tour of England.Taylor was part of both ODI and Test squad of the ongoing Ashes in the UK. Australia with eight points retained the Ashes after the one-off Test was drawn. England with two points in their kitty can still draw the multi-format series if they win all three T20Is, which carry two points on winning each match.Middle-order batter Fran Wilson will replace Taylor in the squad, ECB announced.Taylor said that she has progressed from the way she used to be in 2016. But she added that mental health is continual management and she does not feel good enough to compete in the series.”I first took a break from the game in 2016 but I don’t want people to feel this is exactly the same. I’ve made progress in that time and there are plenty of challenges I’ve met on the way and hurdles I’ve overcome,” Taylor said.advertisement”That said, mental health is not something you ‘beat’. It’s a continual management process and at the moment I don’t feel in a good enough place to compete in international sport,” she added.Taylor conveyed good wishes to her England teammates for the T20Is with a hope that her team draws the series.”I wish the girls all the best across the T20I series. 8-8 is a very different score from 8-2 and I know they’re all working incredibly hard to win these last three matches and draw the series,” she said.Earlier, all-rounder Jenny Gunn had withdrawn from the T20I series due to a side strain. She left the group to undergo rehab ahead of the Women’s Super League, also known as KIA Super League.England and Australia will play in the three-match T20I series, the final leg of Women’s Ashes, on July 26, 28 and 31.Also Read | Chris Gayle named in West Indies ODI squad for India seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Sarah TaylorFollow England women cricketlast_img read more